5 Particular Homes Throw the Landscape a Curve

Perhaps the very uncommon shape for floor plans is the curve. Many elements make this an unusual means to construct a house — namely investment, sophistication, and having sufficient soil to execute such a shape. However, regardless of the problem in creating something with curves instead of all straight lines, a number of these houses can be located on Houzz. Unlike plans, these examples illustrate a wide variety of reasons for their contours. I’m guessing that the citizens are as idiosyncratic as the houses they occupy.

This residence on a prominent site overlooking the Pacific Ocean is horseshoe-shape in strategy. Curving about outside faces and the inside, the house looks in the two directions: into a courtyard and out to the sea. Next, have a glance inside.

In the entry, the inside of the house is open to the forecourt, but it closes off a view of the courtyard. One has to follow the curve to have this fundamental cradled space shown to them.

Still at the horseshoe house, we can observe the way the circulation gently follows the curve. I enjoy how different materials are used for both sides: Rough stone delineates the inside curve, while rings of timber sit reverse. The clerestory windows tip in the courtyard into the left and another rooms borrowing mild into the right.

At the end of the horseshoe is a room open on either side. This space overlooks the courtyard and the sea.

Mark English Architects, AIA

A more compact curving house is located here, where the focus is clearly about the pool. A generous patio overlooks the pool, which is curved in design. Next, see another perspective.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Even though lots of the materials are composed of directly or planar pieces — timber planks, glass panes, mullions, railings, etc. — the built radius of the roof makes it possible for this side of the house to be read curving. This line is prominent outside and indoors, as we’ll see next.

Mark English Architects

The line of this curving roof outside extends indoors and is capped by clerestory windows, a good means of connecting interior and exterior. Note the barbell shine in the space…

Mark English Architects, AIA

That shine comes from a circular oculus within the round kitchen sink. So even in a orthogonal corner of the house, the curving motif is picked up, a reminder of this curve by the pool.

Becker Architects Limited

Similar to the previous example, this house has rails following a curve. But in this case they’re found on a second-floor roof patio. Receive a closer perspective, next.

Becker Architects Limited

Here we see the curving portion from the foreground, but it’s apparent the house is an L-shaped strategy together with the curve filling at the corner of the”L.” This generates that roof patio and brings the rooms towards the lake the house overlooks.

CAST architecture

No, this isn’t a curve, but note the way the kink of the plan is related to the curves of their previous two houses. By bending a house, it produces a sense of enclosure and attention; in several cases it helps relate to the website, both immediate and distant.


This last example, the aptly named Radius House, dates back to 1960 and is directly affected by Frank Lloyd Wright’s curvilinear houses. The curve is used to provide maximum exposure to the trees round the house. Next, let’s have a peek inside.


While the exterior looks out through glass walls into the trees, the interior is centered on a structural column. The wood beams radiating from the place make the shape of the house apparent, and one’s position within the strategy.

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